BRASILIA, Brazil — Haiti’s leader on Monday called for an influx of international aid to organize elections this year as the impoverished Caribbean country rebuilds from the January earthquake that devastated the capital.
President Rene Preval made the comments after meeting with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at the close of a meeting of Caribbean leaders. Preval said aid specific to elections is needed from Brazil and the rest of the international community.
Two elections had been scheduled this year before the quake ravaged Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Legislative elections planned for February were canceled, but no decision has been announced on the presidential contest set for the fall.
Haiti’s current constitution bars Preval from seeking re-election. His five-year term ends next February and he has vowed to step down.
Antonio Patriota, Brazil’s vice minister for external relations, said his government will consult with the United Nations, the Organization of American States and other countries to support elections in Haiti.
Here we go again.
Preval playing the democrat, enthusiastically desiring an electoral process. However, he is already planning how to derail whatever exists, immediately prior to any ballot that will not obviously put his chosen one in power. When this happens, there will be a State of Siege, backed by MINUSTAH in which Preval – yet again – rules by decree.
Free elections cannot be held with Preval in control and his own personally selected Provisional Electoral Council in place.
For any election to take place, Preval must go and a new CEP Electoral Council must be selected. The international community must then invest the time and money to place observers at ever level of the process, from top to bottom, if the vote is to reflect Haiti’s real feelings.
Only then will Democracy start to root in Haiti.
It has withered so far, in spite of a lot of smoke and mirrors claiming something else.